Register O’Donnell Discusses How to Record a Land Document

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell today reminded residents that even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Registry process to record land documents is designed to make it as easy and seamless as possible. “Whether the document in question is a deed, mortgage, homestead, mortgage discharge or any other type of land document, Registry staff have been trained to record the documents in as expeditious and accurate a manner as possible,” noted O’Donnell.


Register O’Donnell further noted, “As the depository of over 8 million land documents, there are certain basic steps that need to be followed when submitting a land document for recording. First and foremost, the document needs to be associated with one of the twenty-eight communities comprising Norfolk County. In addition, the document must be an original; we will not record photo copies or documents submitted via fax. Please note in many cases, land documents require signatures be notarized before they are recorded.”


“It should also be noted that the Registry does not draft land documents. The Registry of Deeds is in the business of recording land documents only. If an individual is unsure if a drafted land document, particularly a deed, is in proper order, it may be prudent to have a lawyer familiar with real estate law review the document for its accuracy. A simple mistake on a deed for example could lead to a major problem.” 


Another important point to note is that there are various fees set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts associated with the recording of land documents at the Registry. Recording fees vary depending on the specific land document type. The Registry’s website, has a fee schedule that can be consulted for specific recording fee amounts. The Registry accepts checks made out to the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds. The Registry also accepts cash payment.   


“Once you have a land document ready for recording and know the fee and type of payment,” stated O’Donnell, “you can then choose how to actually get the document delivered to the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Registry of Deeds building is currently closed to all members of the general public and real estate professionals alike. The options to get an original document and payment to the Registry of Deeds for recording are via regular mail, Federal Express, or placing the document and payment in a drop-off box located just outside the main entrance to our building located at 649 High Street, Dedham, MA.”


Register O’Donnell concluded by stating, “Our trained recording staff is more than happy to record your land documents. Land documents are recorded in an expeditious manner once they arrive here at the Registry. It should also be noted that institutional users such as lending institutions and law firms have the additional option to submit documents electronically via our two e-file vendors, Simplifile and ePN. Finally, if you have any questions about land documents in general, please call our Customer Service Center at 781-461-6101, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30AM-4:30PM.”


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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham.  The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information.  All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website  Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at [email protected].




The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is closed Today, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.